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37 Before leaving for New York on February 23, Lincoln bought a new suit in order to please his wife and make a good impression. He thought that he was going east to deliver a lecture for two hundred dollars at Beecher's Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, and only after his arrival on February 25 did he learn that the sponsorship had been transferred to the Young Men's Central Republican Union and the place shifted to Cooper Union. 38 37. ), Collected W>rfcs, II, 465, 539; Herndon and Weik, Life of Lincoln, 367-68.
His out-ofstate speaking started with an unplanned talk at Council Bluffs, Iowa, on August 13, while he was on a business trip to the western part of the state. The speech was of little significance; however, the request for it showed that lowans were typical of many who were eager to see and hear Lincoln. Congenial, flexible, and ambitious, as always, he complied. 30 Ohio. The Ohio Republicans provided Lincoln with a forum for attacking Douglas when they invited him to answer the Little Giant, who, joining the Ohio Democrats in the fall canvass, spoke at Columbus and Cincinnati.
Collected Works, III, 339. 27 ABRAHAM LINCOLN, PUBLIC SPEAKER Douglas' seat was safe until 1864. As yet, Lincoln's prospects for the presidency had not matured. Herndon, nevertheless, was insightful in his observation that Lincoln's "little engine" knew no rest. During the ten months following his defeat, Lincoln returned full time to his law practice, attempting to recoup what he had spent in the 1858 contest. He was tempted to attend the Kansas State Republican Convention in May, but finally declined because too much time would have been required to get to the meeting place, Osawatomie.
Abraham Lincoln, Public Speaker by Waldo W. Braden